LAND LIFE SPOKE WITH DOLF HOGEWONING, FORMER DUTCH AMBASSADOR TO MEXICO, TO DISCUSS THE COUNTRY’S RESTORATION PROJECTS AND HOW DUTCH COMPANIES LIKE LAND LIFE ARE GETTING INVOLVED.
LLC: In recent years the Mexican government has led the way in a surge of investments restoring and protecting Mexico’s natural ecosystems. What has driven this development?
DH: Mexico has an ambitious agenda for adapting to climate change, reducing CO2 emissions and increasing its overall resilience. Reforestation is a key part of this program to reverse the deforestation by human and natural causes in many ecologically important regions of the country.
LLC: What is the mindset of the Mexican people regarding sustainability?
DH: Unfortunately, a poor cattle farmer will still often choose to chop down forests to make room for grazing without considering alternatives. But even Mexicans from all parts of society are beginning to understand that sustainability is a condition for improving their standards of living.
LLC: How do you see technologies like the Cocoon as a driver in this positive development?
DH: Dutch expertise in water management can support this restoration effort. The Cocoon can have great impact because the technology is relatively simple and success is immediate.
LLC: What is your hope for the future of Mexico and its stunning natural resources?
DH: Mexico is at a point where change can result in the protection or even recovery of its natural resources. Reforestation through participation, such as the nation-wide Un Nuevo Bosque project, is key in making this change.